Tracker Finds Beaver Sign in Humboldt
In spite of place names like Beaver Butte, Beaver Flat and Beaver Creek (all northeast of McKinleyville,) most Humboldt folk don’t know that these flat-tailed rodents live in this area. However, on March 15, Kim Cabrera, who runs a website devoted to tracking, spotted beaver sign on the South Fork of the Eel River.
Rain had softened the sand where the impressions were discovered south of Dyerville but Cabrera, an experienced tracker, is confident that the signs belong to a beaver. (See photo to the left.)
Cabrera says that even though no beaver dams have been spotted in the area doesn’t mean that there aren’t beavers. According to her website,
Beavers do not always build dams. They can live on a river and use burrows and eat vegetation without building any structures. Look for their tracks and signs along sandy river banks. You might find areas where limbs have been dragged into the water. Beavers will come ashore and gnaw off branches then take these back to eat later. Look along the shores for branches showing the tooth marks of these large rodents.
If you think you see some tracks belonging to beavers, send them in to [email protected] and we’ll have Cabrera identify them.
Like posts about wildlife? You might be interested in Cabrera’s capture of a puma family with a game camera set up near Redway.